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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

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25 Feb 2011, 10:10
Definitely A) since S-V agreement needs "is" [ if we had a that + noun modifier after investors it would need "are" ].

B) is awkward and they has no clear use.

C) uses subjunctive verb unnecessarily

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27 Feb 2011, 21:16
shivganar wrote:
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I'm going to go against the tide. I think it's B

Verb - Noun agreement: use of plural/non-plural words

"is"... because it's referring to one investor
"was"... because it's referring to one deal

Scenario of 'deal' here is hypothetical and use of "were" is gramatically correct though 'the deal' is singular. You never say 'If i was president' you always say (gramatically correct) 'if I were president'.

I have also gone for B, when I was confused between A and B. Thanks for the explanation.

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12 Nov 2011, 21:30
I chose A, although I remember on a very similar GMATClub question, the OE said that if the sentence is "Not one of [group, e.g. potential investors, members of a team, etc] then the verb should be are, which I found very confusing.

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13 Nov 2011, 10:07
(D) and (E) out because of "not all" in the non-underline part
(C) 'be signed' is wrong
(B) was is wrong in subjunctive hypothetical
(A) correct
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29 Feb 2012, 08:45
The start of this statement looked a bit awkward, good question though...

I go with A.

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29 Feb 2012, 10:55
Subject is singular so verb-is correct

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29 Feb 2012, 14:54
I went with B. I was able to eliminate both D and E because of the use of "are". Didn't like how C sounded/felt awkwardly structured. Ended up settling with B.

If I had known the if/was if/were rule thing I think I could have gotten the correct answer.

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01 Mar 2012, 15:32
I am in the same boat as Yerkut, Thanks for the nice explanation.

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04 Mar 2012, 23:06
Answer is A. Reason subjunctive mood.

Also clear and concise.

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16 Apr 2012, 05:21
why is it
penalties if the deal were and not
penalties if the deal was? is it subjunctive issue?
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21 Apr 2012, 13:47
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why is it
penalties if the deal were and not
penalties if the deal was? is it subjunctive issue?

I have the same question. Any help?

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21 Apr 2012, 23:43
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nktdotgupta wrote:
why is it
penalties if the deal were and not
penalties if the deal was? is it subjunctive issue?

I have the same question. Any help?

I think this has to do with the "future subjunctive." There is an if clause here with doubtful possibility ("if the deal was not to be concluded"). There is doubt because the deal could or could not be concluded, so we use the future subjunctive tense of "were."

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26 Apr 2012, 09:50
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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

(A) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were
(B) is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
(C) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were
(D) are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was
(E) are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

is "Not one of the potential Investor" is a singular( with .....is.. ) or plural ( with ... are... )

it is Singular, hence options D and E are knocked off...

now with A, B , C

is it TO BUY or FOR BUYING ...it is TO BUY, hence option B is knocked off

now with A and C, agreement that includes is the right way of putting across the information about penalty, hence A is the answer

may be i am following the crudest method, but still i want to understand if there is any other better way to understand SC.. hopefully guys u can guide me here
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Is the "be signed" part correct in option "c". Is it part of a subjunctive form ?

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Use of "be signed" is not correct here because this verb appears in its subjunctive verb form without there being any verb in the sentence that requires the use of subjunctive. There a few words that require the use of subjunctive, such as demand, recommend, suggect, etc. Since this senetnce carries no such verb with which use of subjunctive is imperative, use of "be signed" is incorrect in choice C.

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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate
Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were
not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger
agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were - Best Answer.
B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a
merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was - for buying does not sound right
C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger
agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were - is and them does not fit
D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a
merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was -Singular and for buying does not sound right.
E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a
merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were -Here including tipped me off a bit, to me it sounded like signing a separate agreement instead of the provision already included.

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28 May 2012, 01:45
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ohsballer wrote:
nktdotgupta wrote:
why is it
penalties if the deal were and not
penalties if the deal was? is it subjunctive issue?

I have the same question. Any help?

I think this has to do with the "future subjunctive." There is an if clause here with doubtful possibility ("if the deal was not to be concluded"). There is doubt because the deal could or could not be concluded, so we use the future subjunctive tense of "were."

Can someone explain this point please...
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08 Jun 2012, 02:09
daagh wrote:
until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were not to be concluded.

The above part of the text is actually a poetic expression meant to confuse the test takers. If you flip the clause, the classic version of the same will be:

Until a merger agreement that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were not to be concluded, is signed

The relative clause introduced by the relative pronoun ‘that’ is an essential definer of the agreement. Per se, therefore, there is no grammar error in that expression

option a ---is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

i had read in wren martin that none is shortened form of not one .Further in MGMAT sc guide its written that for 5 relative pronouns namely some,any,none,all,most (SANAM) we should look at "of" construction which follows the pronoun. So isnt the "is" being used here wrong

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narangvaibhav wrote:
ohsballer wrote:
nktdotgupta wrote:
why is it
penalties if the deal were and not
penalties if the deal was? is it subjunctive issue?

I think this has to do with the "future subjunctive." There is an if clause here with doubtful possibility ("if the deal was not to be concluded"). There is doubt because the deal could or could not be concluded, so we use the future subjunctive tense of "were."

Can someone explain this point please...

the "if" introduces a hypothetical subjunctive (a unreal or unlikely condition). Hypothetical has a basic form where simple past is used. But only with the verb "to be", only "were" is to be used. So it is "were" and not "was" in this case.

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20 Jun 2012, 20:47
Only choice A match the the non-underlined part.

The easiest approach to this sentence is:
1, Not one of the potential investors + singular verb
2, Condition IF + were (NOT was)
3, "by them" in choice B is wordy
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29 Jun 2012, 14:51
not one is definitely singular as per MGMAT. A for me

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